Subject methodologies integrate skills and subject matter. One cannot think skilfully in the abstract. Certainly, we need an urgent review of the curriculum to consider what it now means to be educated. But the best way to ensure the next generation will lose the range of knowledge and disciplined ways of thinking necessary to meet the challenges it will face is to abandon subjects.
Professor White should note that the fact that his subject philosophy was flourishing 2,500 years ago in an age of aristocrats, slaves and ox-wagons does not make it any the less valuable now.
Martin Roberts, Former headteacher, The Cherwell School, Oxford.